Jason Aldean delivers a pure country heartbreaker at the ACM Awards Getty Images/Ethan Miller
Getty Images/Ethan Miller

Jason Aldean kicked off the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday with a short performance of his hit, “Lights Go Down,” as part of a medley along with Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. It was a big kickoff for the ACMs, but Jason slowed down things down when he returned for his second performance of the night.

He sang “Any ‘Ol Barstool,” and we know all you classic country fans are eating this song up. Jason has proved time and time again he can command a stage with a fiery uptempo number. It’s good to see him shine on more reflective tunes like this one, too.

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There is just a little flash to this performance, though. Jason’s band was obscured behind a screen with just their silhouette showing before the curtain was suddenly removed from the stage as he hit the chorus.

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Rare Country caught up with Jason prior to the ACM Awards in Las Vegas, and he told us it truly is an honor to be in the running for trophies at this big show.

He says, “I think if we get fortunate enough to get a nomination or something, we’re excited. You look at all the artists in town and there’s five that get a nomination, and you’re one of five artists in this town that gets nominated for something, that in itself is a pretty special thing.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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